Economic crisis, government cutbacks for the sake of laissez faire, the expansive boom in smartphones and tablets, the inexhaustible demand for individual attention as well as the war on drug trafficking–one that involves not only Mexico, but so many other countries as well–are all spinning out of control; the basic fundamentals on which modern nations were built and the social commitments that have been in place since Rousseau wrote his Social Contract have eroded. Institutions are in crisis, and there is still much consensus work to be done before we can hope to repair them. As Yvon Grenier states in his article, published here: “Crisis means a turning point, one that is typically unexpected in its manifestation or its intensity, and for which the affected population and its leaders are ill prepared.” The reflections we present in this issue are intended to make a modest contribution to the current dialogue regarding both institutions and the pillars that sustain them. Thus, we make room for the ideas of Nick Bostrom, David Pearce, Jodi Dean, Yvon Grenier, Ramón González Ferriz, and Julian Baggini. In addition, Brazil makes its presence known in this winter issue through the contributions of Tatiana Levy, Julián Juks, and the poet Sebastiao Uchoa Leite. And to close with a clasp of gold, as we say in Spanish, we proudly present an exclusive interview with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Díaz, as well as a review of his latest book.